CUMBERLAND — Harry and Lillian “Lil” Blacklin recently celebrated 75 years of marriage at an anniversary party given by their daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Denny Knippenberg. 

The couple were married April 18, 1941, by the Rev. Edward at Holy Cross Episcopal Church on Virginia Avenue. Attendants were Helen Blacklin Ellsworth and Joseph Blacklin, sister and brother of the bridegroom.

Family and friends gathered for the celebration in the event room of Shooters Neighborhood Bar & Grill. Shooters catered the event and friend Marie Robinette baked the anniversary cake. Assisting with the decorating were Barbara Fisher, Dora Kelley, Betty Loewendick, Laura Yost and Beth Martin, friends of the couple.

Pastor Eric of Trinity Lutheran Church gave the invocation. A toast was given by Kim Iannantuono, granddaughter. Grandson Craig Knippenberg and great-granddaughter Ava Mosser each sang a song. The couple’s great-grandchildren, Lily, Kelsey, Ben and Jack participated in the program.

Harry served in the U.S. Navy and retired as a supervisor from the City of Cumberland Street Department. Lil was employed by Rosenbaum’s Department Store and the Cumberland Cloak and Suit Store for 40 years. Harry and Lil are members of Trinity Lutheran Church and Lil is a member of the Trinity Lutheran Women’s Guild.

The couple have three grandchildren, Craig Knippenberg, Cumberland, Kim Iannantuono and husband, Scott, Phoenix, Md., and Michelle Mosser and husband, Bryan, Street. Great-grandchildren are Kristen Knippenberg, Atlanta, Ga.,a Lauren Knippenberg Blatney and husband, Steve, Greensburg, Pa., Kelsey Knippenberg, Columbus, Ohio, Ben, Megan and Jack Iannantuono and Lily and Ava Mosser.

Harry and Lil enjoy spending time with their family, attending church and taking care of their home and yard.

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